Nice lay down Delort in Champions League quest

4. Ligue 1
Nice’s French forward Andy Delort (left) celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the French L1 football match between OGC Nice and FC Lorient at the Allianz Riviera Stadium, in Nice, southeastern France, on April 17, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
PARIS — Andy Delort headed in a late winner as Nice beat Lorient 2–1 in Ligue 1 on Sunday to revive their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.اضافة اعلان

Delort had put Nice in front with a penalty early in the second half on the Cote d’Azur after Khephren Thuram had been fouled, but Armand Lauriente quickly equalized for relegation-threatened Lorient.

However, with the game heading for a draw, substitute Kasper Dolberg picked out Delort with a sublime cross in the 88th minute and he headed in his 10th Ligue 1 goal for Nice to secure the victory.

Nice had gone four games without a win to slide from second place down to outside the European qualifying spots altogether before this encounter.

Champions League football is the aim for a club with lofty ambitions under their owners Ineos, the group chaired by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

The victory moves them back to within a point of third-placed Rennes, who lost 3–2 at home to Monaco on Friday.

Only the top two in France qualify automatically for the Champions League, with third place going into the qualifying rounds.

The top two in Ligue 1 meet later on Sunday as leaders Paris Saint-Germain play host to bitter rivals Marseille.

PSG are 12 points clear at the top with seven games left and a victory against Marseille would give them a chance to secure an eighth league title in 10 seasons as early as Wednesday.

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